In just under two weeks from now, a grudge match for the light heavyweight championship between the two TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) coaches will finally take place. Jon ‘‘Bones’’ Jones will defend his title against the brash Chael Sonnen, in a fight that has been brewing for months ever since the UFC 151 cancellation. This fight will definitely be entertaining but will the whole event be worth your sixty bones? Will the fight itself be spectacular or will Jones cruise with ease just like he has done with his previous opponents? Will Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher prove their fight can carry the card as a co-main event? The questions can never be answered until we see it with our own eyes.
This is why I love the free cards more than pay-per-views. Right off the bat, they’re free. I don’t need to pay one cent if the channel is included in my basic cable package. There are also no expectations – I watch the fights and if I was disappointed with the product, I’d be foolish and unappreciative to complain. Unlike pay-per-views, I don’t base my choices on which events I’m going to purchase relating to the fighter who is on the card. When it’s free, it doesn’t matter who fights. If someone truly dislikes both Jones and Sonnen, there’s no way they’re paying. Say what you will about the true fan that will always dish out the cash if that’s the sport he or she loves but quite frankly, being a combat sports fan is expensive (especially if you find yourself ordering HBO or Showtime boxing broadcasts as well).
Saturday night’s UFC on Fox 7 (you guessed it, free on FOX) is an absolutely stacked and batshit crazy card. The main event features lightweight champion Benson Henderson against Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product and former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez (who makes his UFC debut). Diehard fans know that for a couple of years now Melendez has been regarding as potentially the best lightweight in the world but because of obvious promotional reasons, he was never able to compete in the UFC. Henderson is coming off a win over Melendez’s teammate, Nate Diaz. This fight is a pick’em if you’ve ever seen one. Both men are incredibly conditioned and durable, each out to prove their legacy in the lightweight division.
The evening’s co-main event is a heavyweight barnburner between former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and Daniel Cormier. AKA’s Cormier has been building his name quite impressively as of late, winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and defeating heavyweight contender Antonio Bigfoot Silva and Josh Barnett in the process. Mir is always a dangerous opponent – the Las Vegas native is one of the most versatile heavyweights in the division, capable of finishing a fight anywhere. Also on the main card is Nate Diaz against a familiar foe of Melendez’s, Josh Thomson and Jordan Mein vs. Matt Brown. The undercard features similar intriguing matchups such as Lorenz Larkin vs. Francis Carmont, Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins and Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama.- ALEX giardini